Racism Topics and Education
As part of our Virtual Stand Against Racism Week we want to share important resources and educational tools that can help us better understand how racism affects individuals and communities across the country.
Educational topic: Racist – Monday April 20th
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Educational topic: Structural Racism – Tuesday April 21st
Educational topic: Uncompromising Altruism – Wednesday April 22nd
Dr. Keith Alford, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Syracuse University
I greatly value the word altruism because it means caring and selfless concern about the well-being of others. Uncompromising altruism, in my opinion, means challenging ourselves to denounce racism and seek equity in all our decisions. In the wake of COVID-19, our thoughts and decision-making must come through a lens of equity as we seek to help and provide for others. Now, more than ever, we must boldly and without question condemn acts of hate and work diligently and in lockstep with each other to build a civil and just society. Racism must end. I proudly join the YWCA in their ongoing campaign to end racism. I am grateful to them for championing this cause and for tangibly making a positive difference in our greater Syracuse, New York community.
Dr. King’s dream of an equitable, diverse society where racial harmony and social justice prevail has yet to be fully realized. To embrace diversity is to embrace the elements that make up the human mosaic. Diversity, to be real, requires inclusion, which in practice means incorporating and facilitating respectful participation from all. Token representation is not enough and does not do justice to the foundational premise of equality.
Personal growth becomes possible when we open ourselves to gaining insight about our multicultural world. It is better to not pre-judge but rather, seek understanding. Listening to stories and perspectives remains central to upholding the principles of true diversity and inclusion. The question is, are we ready to listen? Are we ready to engage in dialogue with each other? I believe we are and we must seize 2 this critical time to do so even in our virtual reality space of physical distancing. Together we can work to end racism because perseverance is the key to access. And, together, as we work with each other and believing in the adage, each one, teach one, our world can become collectively better through mutual respect and positive regard. Appreciation of the lived experiences of others is how we grow and is how new relationships are formed. There will be times that we all will have to confront ourselves regarding how we have come to assess a situation or how we have formed an opinion about someone. Let’s do the right thing and embrace the worth and dignity of humankind. I remain grateful to the YWCA and so many other organizations and entities in central New York who are leading the charge for greater racial harmony. Let’s keep it going!
Educational topic: A Conversation About Racial Justice Training – Thursday April 23rd
Racial justice education on a macro-level requires grappling with questions such as “what is racism” and “why is racism so difficult to eradicate?” In this candid and reflective conversation, Organize Your Butterflies host, Alejandra Y. Castillo, and Donte Hilliard, Director of Mission Impact at YWCA USA and President of the newly launched YWCA University, discuss Hilliard’s calling to the nonprofit sector, YWCA’s work to eliminate racism, and their focus on intersectionality long before it was trendy, as well as how YWCA invests in people who do the work required to bring justice and equality to all women, girls, and people of color.
Educational topic: Institutional Racism – Friday April 24th
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